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Teacher shortage in J&K’s government schools hits education system

Last Updated on May 24, 2022 at 4:19 pm

Various government schools in several districts of Jammu and Kashmir continue to grapple with shortage of teaching staff. School Education department is facing worst of the situation of increasing gap between sanctioned strength and in-position teaching staff.

There have been many protests by students and parents and recently District Development Commissioner, Ramban has highlighted the issue.

In a communication to the Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Ramesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioner Ramban, Mussarat Islam has sought intervention of the former for immediate action. Deputy Commissioner said that the acute shortage has created a very bad situation in the district.

 He informed that 168 posts (15 under orders of transfer) of Lecturers, out of 269 are presently lying vacant with a large number of Higher Secondary Schools left without even a single lecturer.

“With 256 posts of Masters against 437 and 43 out of 59 posts of Headmasters also lying vacant, district Ramban is literally on the edge in the School Education sector,” Islam said in his letter.

 The deputy commissioner requested the divisional commissioner to take up the matter at the appropriate level and fill the vacancies without further delay.

As per reports, in remote areas of other districts, particularly Udhampur, Reasi, Doda, Kishtwar, Rajouri and Poonch, students are without adequate teaching staff.